2012-2013 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 27!
Another great year is about to begin at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools! Welcome to the information headquarters for your back-to-school needs. Check back often, as this is page is regularly updated with new information.
View the 2012 back-to-school media briefing. At the brefing, Superintendent Heath E. Morrison and members of CMS' execuitve staff provide updates on curriculum and instruction, immunizations, building services, enrollment, transportation, security, instructional technology and child nutrition.
Stay up-to-date with helpful tips and district news by following the CMS Facebook page and Twitter account. From the CMS website, families can access important information related to transportation, student assignment, immunizations, child nutrition and more. Parents can also access resources designed specifically for them, including Parent Assistant and Parent University.
If you have additional questions related to the start of school, contact your child's school or call 980-343-5335. Families with questions about transportation should direct their calls to 980-343-6715.
There are a few simple tasks that families need to complete before the school year gets started. Review our back-to-school checklist to help you prepare.
Register students who are new to CMS
Families may enroll their students at their home school. Click here for information on enrolling new students.
Update address if family has moved
Make sure schools have updated address and phone number information for all students.
Make sure students are current on required vaccinations and physicals
Immunizations and physicals are essential for students entering school for the first time (Pre-K or kindergarten). Parents must present a health assessment (physical exam report) by the first day of school entry, using an assessment completed within 12 months of school entry. Parents must also present a certificate of immunizations on the first day of school. Health clinics are available throughout Mecklenburg County with English and Spanish listings.
Review more information on immunization requirements.
Check your transportation information
If your child will require a pick up or drop off at an alternate address that is not your home address you must apply for that service each year by filling out the alternate stop form.
Families will receive bus stop pick-up and drop-off times in the mail about a week before school starts. Make sure you review your bus stop location and time – some bus stops may have changed.
If you have a question about transportation, call 980-343-6715.
Know your school bell times
Students should be in school and ready to learn when the school bell rings. View the 2012-2013 School Bell Schedule.
Pick up required school supplies
School supply lists and uniform requirements are available on each school’s individual website. Click here to find your school's information.
Attend your school's open house
Parents are invited to get to know the educators that will support their child throughout the school year. Please take a moment to visit the school during their upcoming open house events.
After School Enrichment Program
The CMS After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) is currently enrolling students for the 2012-2013 school year and will begin with services on the first day of class, Aug. 27. ASEP provides affordable after school care in a safe environment. Students enrolled in the program participate in experiences that link education, enrichment and exploration. To register, contact the ASEP site coordinator at your child’s school. For more information about our program and fees, visit the ASEP department page.